Image result for adeyeye and olujimi
The National Assembly
Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday nullified the
election of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator
Dayo Adeyeye, of the All Progressives Congress in the February 23 election.
The three-member
tribunal chaired by Justice Danladi Adeck, in a unanimous decision, declared
the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, of the Peoples
Democratic Party as the winner of the election in the Ekiti South Senatorial
District.


In the judgment, the
tribunal nullified elections in some polling units which left Olujimi polling
54,894 votes to defeat Adeyeye, who scored 52,243 votes.
Justice Adeck
predicated the tribunal’s verdict on nullification in some units and recount of
the ballots by the contending forces as granted.
The judge said that
the petitioner proved those cases of criminal allegations of non-compliance
with the provisions of the Electoral Acts and other corrupt practices raised in
her petition beyond a reasonable doubt.
He said, “In Ikere,
Gbonyin and Emure local governments, the petitioner was able to prove cases of
over-voting and votes in those units were expunged from the ballots.
“It is not tenable to
say that marked ballots were not properly deposited in the boxes because when
this did not happen, then it will lead to over voting and will affect the counting
at every level of collation.
“To avoid this
pitfall, those elections must be expunged in order not to vitiate the electoral
process. Therefore, after those votes were deducted, PDP was left with 54,894
while the respondent polled 52,243.
“The petitioner having
polled the highest number of lawful votes should be declared the winner of the
election. We hereby declare the petitioner the winner and he is hereby returned
elected. We hereby direct the INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return from
the respondent and issue the same to the petitioner”, the chairman said.
Olujimi, dissatisfied
with the verdict of the Independent National Electoral Commission which
returned Adeyeye as the winner of the election, had approached the tribunal
seeking to be declared as the winner of the election.
She had prayed the
tribunal to, in the alternative, “nullify Adeyeye’s victory and order
supplementary election accordingly in the district”.
The PDP candidate had
said that she scored the highest number of valid votes in the election which
she said was fraught with irregularities as she prayed the tribunal to cancel
votes in areas “found to be incredibly marred with irregularities like over voting,
multiple thump printing, ballot snatching, ballot stuffing and improper ballot
counting to know the actual winner of the poll.”
Olujimi had also
accused INEC of dereliction of duties, saying most of the documents used for
the conduct of the election was not duly signed by agents.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Open chat